Profile of Archipelontwerpers, headquartered in Netherlands. Five projects submitted by Archipelontwerpers have been published on Architecture News Plus (ANP).
Eric Vreedenburgh is an architect. After graduation from the Technical University Delft he has been selected for the ‘Biennale of Young Architects’ and set up the Archipelontwerpers firm in 1984.
Archipelontwerpers is a Dutch architectural company producing design and research activities in the field of Architecture, Urban planning, Interior design and Industrial design. Parallel to their design activities, they conduct research especially on product design, flexibility, ‘mass customization’ and ‘customized Prefab’ and initiate manifestations in the tangent planes of art and technology. With this activity they try to establish a break through the categorical thinking, which segregates the different design disciplines. It is a proven design attitude, Archipelontwerpers has a track record with many award winning projects.
Forms and ways of using the city change, because our way of life is changing. Today cities consume about 75% of the world’s energy and cause most of its pollution.
This leads to a complex dynamic situation, a continuous interaction of action and response. Housing is open to many interpretations, it reflects cultures and subcultures, and is bound to a certain period. It seems to have a life of his own, a life that cannot be domesticated and predicted by matrices, scenarios or visual reference plans.
That is why it is important to search for other strategies of industrial building – not strategies that are geared to the production of monocultures, but strategies with flexibility, interaction and individual choice as ingredients.
The space in the urban environment has to be used more intensively, but the possibilities are limited. One of the leading options for the future is the use of the flat roofs of residential buildings and office blocks as building sites. Rooftop buildings can intensify the existing city, inject it with new vitality and break through the monofunctionality of a neighbourhood.